I finally got a chance to return to the red felt at Live. I exchanged two Benjamin Franklins for two black chips in the line in front of the cage. As we all know, I've had a superstition that I can't win when playing upstairs. It was no surprise that they sent me to the second floor with my two chips in hand. I got situated in seat 9 and prepared for the grind.
Orbit 1: no hands
Orbit 2: I lost $20 total with 8,9 when I caught two pair on the river versus a guy who had 8,10 and caught a straight on the river.
Orbit 3: no hands
Orbit 4: won four blinds on the flop with top pair top kicker
Orbit 5: no hands
Orbit 6: no hands
Orbit 7: I had 6♥,9♥ and three of us saw the flop with two hearts. I called a $10 bet and so did the other guy. Turn was a blank. We both called a $15 bet. The river brought the third ♥. I bet $40 and got one caller who had trips.
Orbit 8: no hands
Orbit 9: I got dealt 2♦,10♦ in the BB and we saw 2♠,4♥,4♦ on the flop. I called $7 and the turn was 2♣. It was checked around. The river was 10♥ and he bet $10. I raised to $20, he called and then mucked.
Orbit 10: no hands
Orbit 11: I reconnected with my two old friends, A♠ and A♣. I thought what would TPM and Rob do and bet $12. Only the short stacked SB called. The flop was 8,8,4 and he went all-in for $45. I called and asked if he had an 8. He shook his head. I flip over the pocket rockets, he mucked after the river and then left.
Orbit 12: I lost $15 after calling a straddle and then a raise to $15 in a multi-way pot. Flop was no good.
This brings us to the hand of the night. I'm in the BB, about $300 behind, with 4♣,6♣. I see a flop with the SB and the button. Flop is 7♣,6♥,7♠ and it's checked to the button who is $200 behind. He bets $10 and we both call. The turn is 5♣. I lead out for $20 and the button makes it $60. The SB gets out of the way.
I took some time to make my decision. At this point, I am thinking he has 7,x or a straight. I have two outs to the nuts and seven more to a flush (he might be blocking one of them if he has 7,x that would give him a full house). Also, there was a high hand promo going on worth $500. I decided to call the raise and then check the river. The river was a beautiful 3♣! Time to reevaluate my options.
First to act, I had to decide how much to bet. I decide to not to put him all-in and bet $100. He called and folded saying he had a full house.
The dealer called the floor to verify the high hand. There were 12 minutes left but my hand didn't stand for two minutes! Someone else got a 10 high straight flush and the $500.
I cashed out $450 few orbits later. I got very lucky to win the hand but unlucky on the promo. Which leaves me wondering if the second floor curse is broken.